Gymnastics Closes Out Regular Season at Cornell

PHILADELPHIA - Already facing Cornell in the first meet of the season, then again at the Ivy Classic, the Penn gymnastics team will have a chance to show off its matured team, Saturday when they close out the regular season in Ithaca, N.Y. The meet is set to start at 1 p.m. in Teagle Gymnasium.

After a number of injuries that suggested to spell doom on the season, the Quakers have certainly bounced back, earning their highest score since 2008, a 191.325, in a meet against Temple, Maryland, and Southern Connecticut last Friday. They followed up that performance with a win in their most recent meet against West Chester (189.950-182.300) on Wednesday.

The freshman class has stepped up to give Penn an extra boost over the past month, especially Kirsten Strausbaugh and Dana Bonincontri who earned the ECAC's Rookie of the Week and Coaches' Choice honors, respectively. Strausbaugh has been a steady high scorer on all events, holding the team's best all-around score of the season (38.750), while Bonincontri battled back from an injury to be one of Penn's highest scorers on at least one of her events for the past four meets.

Freshman Megan Milavec and sophomore Laura DiPaolo have also been strong contributors, with DiPaolo's team leading 9.700 on vault and Milavec's 9.800 on beam in the last meet. All-arounder Elise Bowe scored a 37.625 on Wednesday and has proven to be a consistent presence on the leader board.

Penn looks to demonstrate how much they have grown since its first meet with Cornell, in which the Red and Blue finished sixth out of six with a score of 179.550, as well as contest their third-place finish (189.550) at the Ivy Classic, in which the Big Red took the title.